The Federal Aviation Administration has extended FAA flight restrictions in New York City for a no-fly zone over Trump Tower through Donald Trump’s inauguration date and ending Jan. 21, 2017. The original Trump no-fly zone was put in place on Election Day but after his surprise win the FAA decided to extend the “VIP” flight restriction.
According to the FAA, the temporary flight restrictions have a two nautical-mile radius. Mashable notes that normal FAA flight restrictions have a nine-mile radius. The Trump Tower no-fly zone does include commercial aircraft flying in and out of LaGuardia, JFK and Newark airports. However, the FFA said aircraft exempt from NYC flight restrictions include ones flying in and out of small helipads and airports like West 30th St. Airport.
Other exempt aircraft from the no-fly zone over Trump Tower include: Military aircraft “directly supporting” the Secret Service and law enforcement/firefighters/air ambulance on active missions.
On Election Day Trump Tower was surrounded by large construction-like vehicles as the surrounding streets were closed off. Since then Trump Tower protests have risen across the country following his unexpected win over Hillary Clinton. In New York NYPD estimate between 8,000-10,000 participated in the Trump protests with about 15 arrested, according to CNN. Other protests and arrests happened across the country including Chicago, Los Angeles, among many others.